Panampeang Island in Binuang Sub-District, Polewali Mandar Regency
Not all travelers recognize the presence of seven beautiful islands of Polewali Mandar Regency. In this case, they should consider visiting them for the next holiday especially to enjoy island hopping. As for the reference, one of the islands is called Panampeang and it resides in Binuang Sub-District. In terms of region, the island belongs to Tonyaman Village. Here is the question. What can tourists do on this island? Well, it can be anything including exploration, photography, and relaxation. Have no worries. The locals provide a nice transportation service to get to the island, so it won’t take much time to get there.
According to the locals, Panampeang derives from “Passappeang” which means a place for drying clothes among local fishermen, who visit the island for resting during fishing. In the past, storms often struck this area so those fishermen needed to find a place to rest before continuing fishing. When it comes to nuance, mangroves cover half of the territory of the island. These plants grow abundantly and create an amazing atmosphere to the site indeed. Another noticeable feature is the flawless white sand that covers the rest part of the island, which looks exotic and beautiful.
Exploring Panampeang Island
One of the reasons to visit Panampeang Island is the accessibility. As mentioned before, tourists can easily get to the island by local boat taxi either from Belang-Belang or Tonyaman Port. Moreover, many boats are available for them to use to cross the island comfortably. On top of that, the cost is quite cheap especially during working days. That means the boat service becomes a little bit more expensive during holidays and weekends.
Once arriving at Panampeang, tourists would see an uninhabited island covered with mangroves and other natural attractions. The only disappointing thing is that several garbage scatters near to the coast. No one knows where the trash comes from, though. Therefore, visitors are not allowed to make it worse by littering. Instead, they can remove the garbage by putting them in a plastic bag, carry them back to Binuang, and throw them in the bin later. When it comes to beauty, the island is known for its mangroves! So, do not forget to take some pictures of them during the visit.
If tourists come at the right time, they would be able to meet local fishermen who use the island for resting. In fact, there is the chance to ride the boat with them and catch some fishes together in the sea! Make sure to talk to them casually in order to smooth the proposal, though. It is also recommended to come with a tour guide for a better communication.
- Battoa Island
- Dea-Dea Island
How to Get There
From Polewali Mandar, tourists can directly head to Tonyaman Port in order to get a boat service. This trip may take around 12 minutes, as the distance is 6.6 km. Also, it can be done by taking Poros Majene – Mamuju Street. Once arriving at the port, the next thing to do is to ride a boat and head to Battoa Island (which takes about 25 minutes). Next, they can take another boat and head to Panampeang Island (which takes about 15 minutes).
Where to Stay
Recommended hotels are available in Binuang Sub-District: Pacific Hotel